The Society of Broadcast Engineers

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Spectrum Analysis and the Use of the Spectrum Analyzer in Radio Broadcasting

Originally streamed January 25, 2024 

This presentation uncovers the various uses and applications of the spectrum analyzer as it relates to radio broadcast engineering. The fundamentals of spectrum analysis and troubleshooting of systems are covered. Other topics included in the discussion are:  time domain vs. frequency domain and proper use and handling of a spectrum analyzer and applications of spectrum analysis in radio broadcasting; identification of system problems and issues; regulatory compliance topics; and new transmitter installation proof as well as vector network analyzer (VNA); time domain reflectometry (TDR); and power measurement including out of band emissions (OOBE).

Whether the engineer performs the measurements themselves or utilizes an outside contractor/service provider to do so, understanding the information that can be unlocked through spectrum analysis is fundamental to engineering staff in today’s broadcast environment and industry. 

Your Instructor

Greg BuchwaldGreg Buchwald

Greg Buchwald, a distinguished member of the technical staff at Motorola, has been involved in radio broadcasting and engineering for nearly 50 years. He began his involvement in radio at the age of 14 with fundamental interest in broadcasting and has been intermittently involved in the NRSC over the past nearly 4 decades. Greg is a 43-year employee of Motorola Solutions where he has worked on multiple diverse communications projects and has also been involved in regulatory and spectrum matters. Greg is an elected Motorola Science Advisory Board Associate (SABA) and a recently elected Motorola Dan Noble Fellow. He was the 2016 recipient of the DJ Atkinson Technical Award for his work on the protection of GPS services by the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council. An active SBE member, Greg is involved in both the SBE Education and Mentor Committees.

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Registration and Pricing

This webinar is approximately 90 minutes long. 

SBE Members: $62

MemberPlus Members FREE

Non-Members: $92

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